Identifying Population Groups at High Risk of Social Exclusion: Evidence from the Echp

39 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2001

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Panos Tsakloglou

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Fotis Papadopoulos

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2001

Abstract

In recent years in the public discourse of many European countries there has been a shift in emphasis from "poverty" to "social exclusion". Broadly interpreted, "social exclusion" implies the "inability of an individual to participate in the basic political, economic and social functionings of the society in which she/he lives". In practice, there is little consensus about its proper operationalization.

The paper approaches "social exclusion" from the point of view of "chronic cumulative disadvantage" and attempts to identify population members at high risk of social exclusion in EU countries using the information of the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). The results show that there are many qualitative similarities and quantitative differences across the EU. In almost all countries the looser the links of the individual or the household with the labor market the higher the risk of social exclusion. However, the extent to which secure and uninterrupted employment provides a shield against social exclusion varies a lot across countries. Moreover, in almost all countries children face a higher risk of social exclusion than the rest of the population. To a large extent, this risk is accounted by the higher than average risk of social exclusion facing children living in lone-parent households. On the contrary, older persons face a high risk of social exclusion in only a few southern EU countries.

Keywords: Social Exclusion, European Union, Household Survey

JEL Classification: I30, I31

Suggested Citation

Tsakloglou, Panogiotis and Papadopoulos, Fotis, Identifying Population Groups at High Risk of Social Exclusion: Evidence from the Echp (November 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=290600

Panogiotis Tsakloglou (Contact Author)

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Fotis Papadopoulos

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of Economics

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